COVID-19 + flu swab test

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Quest Diagnostics

COVID-19 + flu swab test

The 2021 flu season will coincide with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Symptoms of COVID-19 and flu are often similar, making it difficult to determine what might be making you feel sick.

With just one test, the COVID-19 + flu panel helps you and your doctor determine if you have COVID-19 or the flu. It eliminates the need for multiple tests or doctor visits and can help you get the right treatment plan as soon as possible.

If you have symptoms:

If you have symptoms that could be from the flu or COVID-19, you should quarantine as a precaution. Call your healthcare provider and discuss your symptoms before any visit for testing.

Knowing if you have COVID-19 means you can take steps to avoid spreading the disease and alert those who you were in contact with who may have been exposed. If diagnosed early, the flu can often be treated with medications like Tamiflu®, potentially making your illness shorter and less severe.

Who can get tested:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends co-testing for COVID-19 and influenza if you are experiencing any symptoms of either condition. Overlapping symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu include fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, and sore throat.

How the test works:

Only one sample is taken via nasal swab and it is then tested for both influenza A and B, as well as COVID-19—all at the same time. The test results will rule in or rule out each of the viral infections.

The co-testing approach helps increase testing capacity during the busy flu season and speeds up the time to a diagnosis.

Where to get tested:

Contact your doctor or healthcare provider to request a Quest COVID-19 + flu swab test.

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Getting test results through MyQuest

Confirm that the healthcare provider who collects your COVID-19 + flu sample is sending it to Quest for processing. If so, your test results can be sent to you automatically through the secure MyQuest online portal. This is usually the quickest way to get results.

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COVID-19 testing statements

  • This test has not been FDA cleared or approved;
  • This test has been authorized by FDA under an EUA for use by authorized laboratories;
  • This test has been authorized only for the simultaneous qualitative detection and differentiation of nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2, influenza A virus, and influenza B virus, and not for any other viruses or pathogens; and
  • This test is only authorized for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of emergency use of in vitro diagnostics for detection and/or diagnosis of COVID-19 under Section 564(b)(1) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3(b)(1), unless the authorization is terminated or revoked sooner.